New and expectant mothers can receive care in the community following the launch of a new maternity hub in North Lynn.
The Maple Suite has opened at the St Augustine’s Healthy Living Centre, in Colombia Way, to provide antenatal and post-natal care for women in the King’s Lynn area.
A team of 13 midwives and two senior maternity support workers are initially running three clinics, five days a week, but there are plans to extend the service.
The hub, run by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, is part of a drive to provide women with one midwife throughout their pregnancy. It will also prevent them from needing to attend hospital for routine appointments.
Karen Warrington, project manager from Norfolk and Waveney Local Maternity System, said: “The suite will benefit pregnant women and their families greatly, as this community service offers more flexibility, is more accessible, and provides all the resources in one place.
“The Maple Suite is part of a long-term plan to transform maternity services and provide “continuity of carer”, where women and families are looked after by the same midwife throughout their pregnancy.
“For the future, our plans are to expand into the ground floor and provide further community maternity services including antenatal classes, smoking cessation support, screening services, consultant clinics and perinatal mental health consultations.”
Sarah Roberts, Maple Team lead midwife, said: “We are familiar with the St Augustine’s building as we have been using a clinic room here for many years, but the formation of the suite has meant we have expanded into three further clinic rooms upstairs.
“Eventually, we would love to be able to offer services such as hypnobirthing classes and a breast feeding drop-in.”
Amanda Price-Davey, head of midwifery at QEH, added: “The local maternity hubs are the first step to ensuring midwives are in the right place to deliver this care.
“This has taken a huge amount of collaborative working between different teams and organisations and I am so proud of the work these teams have all put in to making this happen.”